Welcome to StudioBinder’s screenplay library, your ultimate destination for riveting and gritty free crime movie scripts. Prepare to be immersed in a world of illicit activities, high-stakes heists, and gripping cat-and-mouse pursuits. Our handpicked collection showcases the very best in crime storytelling, unraveling complex narratives filled with deception, intrigue, and thrilling plot twists. Brace yourself for a pulse-pounding experience. Enjoy!

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crime, drama

12 Angry Men

Written By: Reginald Rose 

Synopsis: A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

drama, crime

American History X

Written By: David McKenna 

Synopsis: A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

action, crime

Baby Driver

Written By: Edgar Wright 

Synopsis: After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

comedy, crime, drama, tv

Barry (Pilot)

Written By: Alec Berg & Bill Hader

Synopsis: A hit man from the Midwest moves to Los Angeles and gets caught up in the city's theatre arts scene.

action, fantasy

Batman Begins

Written By: Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer (screenplay), based on the comics by Bob Kane 

Synopsis: After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.

comedy, crime

The Big Lebowski

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Written By: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen 

Synopsis: Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

crime, comedy, drama

The Big Short

Written By: Charles Randolph & Adam McKay (screenplay), based on the book by Michael Lewis 

Synopsis: In 2006-2007 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

drama, crime


Written By: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz & Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee (screenplay), based on the book by Ron Stallworth

Synopsis: Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

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Written By: Vince Gilligan and Sam Catlin & Moira Walley-Beckett

SynopsisDiagnosed with terminal lung cancer, chemistry teacher Walter White teams up with former student Jesse Pinkman to cook and sell crystal meth.

Written By: Vince Gilligan and Sam Catlin & Moira Walley-Beckett 

Synopsis: There is a fly loose in the lab. Walt and Jesse must do whatever they can to kill it before it contaminates the meth.

Written By: William Goldman 

Synopsis: Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

Written By:  Jeff Nathanson (screenplay), based on the book by Frank Abagnale Jr & Stan Redding

Synopsis: Barely 21 yet, Frank is a skilled forger who has passed as a doctor, lawyer and pilot. FBI agent Carl, becomes obsessed with tracking down the con man. But Frank not only eludes capture, he revels in the pursuit.

drama, crime

A Clockwork Orange

Written By: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), based on the novel by Anthony Burgess

Synopsis: In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

thriller, crime


Written By: Stuart Beattie 

Synopsis: A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles.

crime, tv

CSI (S4 E15)

Written By: Anthony E. Zuiker & Carol Mendelsohn(teleplay), based on the story by Elizabeth Devine

Synopsis: Two masked men show up at a house and kill the husband and wife execution-style with two bullets at the back of the head.

crime, drama

The Departed

Written By: William Monahan 

Synopsis: An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Written By: James Manos Jr. (teleplay), based on the novel by Jeff Lindsay 

Synopsis: By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.

crime, drama

Dog Day Afternoon

Written By: Frank Pierson

Synopsis: Three amateur bank robbers plan to hold up a bank. A nice simple robbery: Walk in, take the money, and run. Unfortunately, the supposedly uncomplicated heist suddenly becomes a bizarre nightmare as everything that could go wrong does.

action, crime


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Written By: Hossein Amini (screenplay), based on the book by James Sallis 

SynopsisAn action drama about a mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlighting as a getaway driver finding himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.

crime, thriller


Written By: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

Synopsis: Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

thriller, crime


Written By: Christopher Nolan

SynopsisA young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.

crime, drama

The Godfather

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Written By: Mario Puzo & Francis Ford Coppola 

Synopsis: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

crime, drama


Written By: Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese 

Synopsis: The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Written By: Bryan Fuller (screenplay), based on characters from the book "Red Dragon" by Thomas Harris

Synopsis: Lecter's patient Franklin Froideveaux worries that his friend Tobias may be a psychopath, but Franklin's growing obsession with Lecter is what concerns the latter more. 

western, crime

The Hateful Eight

Written By: Quentin Tarantino

Synopsis: In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

crime, comedy

In Bruges

Written By: Martin McDonagh 

Synopsis: Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

Written By: Paul Thomas Anderson (screenplay), based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon

Synopsis: In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

crime, Drama

The Irishman

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Written By: Steven Zaillian (screenplay), based on the book by Charles Brandt 

Synopsis: An aging hitman recalls his time with the mob and the intersecting events with his friend, Jimmy Hoffa, through the 1950-70s.

ACTION, crime

Kill Bill Vol. 1

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Written By: Quentin Tarantino

Synopsis: After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

ACTION, crime

Kill Bill Vol. 2

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Written By: Quentin Tarantino (screenplay by)

Synopsis: The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd, and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.

Written By: Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson 

Synopsis: As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

crime, thriller


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Written By: Dan Gilroy

Synopsis: When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

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Written By: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (screenplay), based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy

Synopsis: Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

crime, comedy

Ocean's Eleven

Written By: Ted Griffin 

Synopsis: Danny Ocean and his ten accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

Written By: Steven Knight

Synopsis: A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England; centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

crime, drama

Pulp Fiction

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Written By: Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary 

Synopsis: The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

crime, drama

Reservoir Dogs

Written By: Quentin Tarantino 

Synopsis: When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

drama, crime

Road To Perdition

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Written By: David Self (screenplay), based on the graphic novel by Max Allan Collins & Richard Piers Rayner,

Synopsis: A mob enforcer's son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge.

Crime, drama


Written By: Oliver Stone 

Synopsis: In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

thriller, crime


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Written By: Taylor Sheridan 

Synopsis: An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.

Written By: Frank Darabont (screenplay), based on the short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King 

Synopsis: Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

drama, tv, crime

The Sopranos (Pilot)

Written By: David Chase

Synopsis: New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Written By: Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff & S. Leigh Savidge &
Alan Wenkus & Andrea Berloff 

Synopsis: The rap group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

drama, crime

Taxi Driver

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Written By: Paul Schrader

Synopsis: A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.

crime, thriller

Training Day

Written By: David Ayer 

Synopsis: A rookie cop spends his first day as a Los Angeles narcotics officer with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.

Written By: Martin McDonagh 

Synopsis: A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

romance, crime

True Romance

Written By: Quentin Tarantino 

Synopsis: In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the Mob, track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.

Written By: Ronald Bronstein and Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie 

Synopsis: With his debts mounting and angry collectors closing in, a fast-talking New York City jeweler risks everything in hope of staying afloat and alive.

crime, thriller

The Usual Suspects

Written By: Christopher McQuarrie 

Synopsis: A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.


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